The Salesman wins best foreign language Oscar

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won the best foreign language Oscar in Los Angeles, for a second time, for domestic drama The Salesman. On Sunday evening in London, a free screening of The Salesman was introduced by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The Salesman premiered at Cannes last May, where it won best actor for Shahab Hosseini and best screenplay for Farhadi – despite moderate notices from critics. Farhadi won Iran’s first Oscar for his film A Separation in 2012. This second award puts him in an elite category of double-winners in the category, including Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman.

February 27, 2017 02:58 UTC

Jimmy Kimmel sticks it to Donald Trump in Oscars opening monologue

Jimmy Kimmel skewered Donald Trump and the Academy’s record on diversity in his opening monologue for the Oscars, thanking the president and saying: “Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars was racist?”In a self-effacing and sarcasm-laden speech, Kimmel, who was hosting the ceremony for the first time, started by saying how he’d been told he needed to deliver a message of unity. I’m not the man to unite this country,” he added, before delivering the only serious part of his monologue. It starts with us.”After his opening monologue, Kimmel continued to jab at Trump and his administration throughout the ceremony. Kimmel encouraged speeches that Trump “will tweet about in all caps during his 5am bowel movement tomorrow”. Kimmel mocked Damon’s decision to give the lead role in Kenneth Lonergan’s Oscar-nominated Manchester By The Sea to Casey Affleck.

February 27, 2017 02:14 UTC

Stock exchange merger with Deutsche Börse close to collapse

The European Commission gave the LSE until 11am today to confirm it would sell a majority stake in an Italian business, a requirement that the London exchange said it was unable to meet Toby Melville/ReutersThe London Stock Exchange’s proposed £24 billion merger with Deutsche Börse was teetering on the brink last night after the European Commission demanded fresh competition remedies that the LSE said it was unable to meet. After the exchange offered to sell the French arm of clearing house LCH Clearnet to get the deal through, Brussels regulators came back on February 16 to demand that it also sold its majority stake in MTS, an equivalent Italian business. The commission gave the exchange a deadline of 11am today to confirm it would sell MTS, a requirement that the LSE said it was unable to meet. In a statement issued last night, the exchange said: “Based on the commission’s current position, LSE believes that the commission is unlikely…

February 27, 2017 00:48 UTC

Former director of failed lender lands job as chairman of Barclays UK

Sir Ian Cheshire spent five years on the board of Bradford & Bingley, the mortgage lender that had to be bailed out in 2008 Denis Balibouse/ReutersSir Ian Cheshire, the former chief executive of B&Q’s owner Kingfisher, is poised to become chairman of the UK division of Barclays Bank, the part of the lender being ring-fenced to protect taxpayers from any future banking crisis. The move has been cleared by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the part of the Bank of England that oversees senior appointments. Sir Ian was revealed as the frontrunner for the job in December. This caused surprise because he spent five years on the board of Bradford & Bingley, the high street mortgage lender that had to be bailed out in 2008 at the start of the banking crisis. Barclays is required, along with other large banks, to hive off its UK…

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

Third of GPs are failing to help anorexics

Anorexia claims more lives than any other mental illness and requires early intervention JOEL SAGET/GETTY IMAGESGPs are letting down anorexia sufferers, with only one in three knowing how to treat the condition properly, according to a study. Three out of ten people with an eating disorder are not referred to a mental health service by their GP, the study also found, which goes against medical guidance. GPs are invariably the first port of call for someone with an eating disorder but too many adopt a “wait and see” approach in the hope that the illness corrects itself. Anorexia, the most common eating disorder, has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and early intervention is crucial. Beat, an eating disorder charity, whose survey included 1,700 sufferers, is calling for increased training for doctors specialising in general practice.

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC



Students get in stew over ‘rude’ food

Students at Cambridge have complained about the labelling of exotic dishes by catering staff CLARA MOLDEN FOR THE TIMESA Cambridge college is to review menu items such as Jamaican stew after complaints that they amount to “micro-aggressions” against students. Catering staff at Pembroke College have been accused by students of cultural misrepresentation, with exotic dishes wrongly attributed to different countries or regional cuisine. Jamaican stew, Chinese chicken, oriental beef stew, Indian fish pie, African stew with sweet potato, and date and tofu tagine with Tunisian rice have all been cited by students. “Dear Pembroke catering staff,” a student posted. “Stop mixing mango and beef and calling it ‘Jamaican stew’, it’s rude.”Serious or not,…

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

Copy Mourinho and we’ll have more thrillers

Once again José Mourinho has been proved right. The Manchester United manager respects the League Cup, plays strong teams throughout the competition and he takes home the trophy. I think other people will follow his lead next season and pay more respect to this competition. Having said that, United were lucky to win what was one of the most exciting games I have seen in this competition. Southampton were excellent and striker Manolo Gabbiadini deserved to be on the winning side.

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

Why improvisation is getting bums on seats

I’d heard that the comedy improvisation scene could be a bit cultish but, even so, I’m surprised when the people in charge of Britain’s first dedicated improv theatre greet me at their door in natty matching red overalls. As they usher me into the Bristol Improv Theatre (BIT), I can’t help wondering if by the end of our hour together I’ll be phoning my family to say that I’m dressing in red overalls from now on and tithing two thirds of my income to support spontaneous acts of on-stage invention. Alas, it turns out that Caitlin Campbell, 23, and Alex Hoyle, 24, are dressed like this only because the place is a building site. With just over a week to go to BIT’s opening night,…

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

Cost of bread, beans and beer rises as pound falls

Soaring food prices have been influenced by a 38 per cent rise in the cost of British wheat in the past year KATIE LEE FOR THE SUNDAY TIMESShoppers have experienced price rises of up to 31 per cent on popular brands of bread, beer and tinned goods over the past 12 months, according to the latest review of supermarket shelves by The Grocer trade journal. Heinz baked beans, for example, cost between 9 per cent and 12 per cent more than a year ago, depending on tin and pack size, while lager prices are up by between 3 per cent for cans of Fosters to about 10 per cent for Miller Genuine Draft over the same period. Some brands of bread have also sharply increased in price, from 1 per cent more for Warburtons to 31 per cent for a 400g loaf of Hovis Wheatgerm. One factor is the fall in the…

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

Would you buy my burnt lasagne?

How good a cook are you? You might think you’re pretty good — you make a mean Sunday roast and a good Victoria sponge. How would your food do, not on MasterChef or in a pop-up or on Bake Off, but thrown to the critical gaze of the open market? I think I am a pretty good cook. I am married to the restaurant critic of this paper, Giles Coren, and have been cooking for him and going to restaurants at least three times a…

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

Ask if doctor does know best, patients urged

NHS Borders has put up posters prompting patients to ask if they really need the prescription, ­procedure or test that staff are offering them Lynne Cameron/PA WireIt is the antithesis of the old adage “doctor knows best”. Patients in Scotland are being told to query the treatment that the doctor is recommending. In a move endorsed by Catherine Calderwood, chief medical officer for Scotland, NHS Borders has put up posters prompting patients to ask if they really need the prescription, procedure or test that staff are offering them. The posters have been displayed in waiting rooms for outpatient clinics, listing the questions which doctors and nurses want to be asked. Top of the list is whether the investigation or medication proposed is necessary, followed by “are there simpler or safer options?” and “what would happen if I did nothing?”The step has been taken as part of a nationwide drive to…

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

England’s greatest flaw is clear: a lack of intelligence

Italy came up with a plan to create chaos within the England ranks and they achieved it, by politely declining to ruck for the duration of the match. England were bamboozled for the first half. James Haskell described the Italian tactics as “bizarre” and said that it took the side a while to adapt. It was not just the England team. Twickenham was a raucous cacophony of boos, fury and confusion.

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

Passengers had to stand on four-hour flight from Karachi

The flight from Karachi to Medina had a 409-person capacity but 416 people were said to have embarked ARIF ALI/GETTY IMAGESPakistan International Airlines is investigating reports that seven passengers had to stand in the aisle for an entire four-hour journey on an overcrowded flight from Karachi to Saudi Arabia. Customers with handwritten boarding cards were allowed to join the flight to the holy city of Medina last month. The Boeing 777 had capacity for 409 but 416 embarked, leading to a scramble for seats in a serious breach of safety rules. The flight’s computerised record made no mention of the extra people and the captain of flight PK-743 told a local newspaper that he was not told before take-off. Anwar Adil said that when he was informed it was decided not to return to Karachi as this would require the costly dumping of fuel to…

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

Harry’s girlfriend beats him to top of society guest list

Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle has been named among the most eligible dinner party guests by the society magazine Tatler. The star of the US TV drama Suits was placed fourth, while Harry was further down the list in 22nd. But his girlfriend, 35, would engage guests with her knowledge of “international philanthropy” and “clean-eating”, the magazine wrote. Ms Markle also beat Pippa Middleton who was 32nd on the list along with her fiancé, the financier James Matthews. Dame Natalie Massenet, 51, the founder of luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter, and her boyfriend Erik Torstensson, 32, topped the 100 most-invited list, followed by the Delevingne…

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC

Millions face wait until late-70s for retirement

A flexible retirement will be unattainable for many, a former pensions minister has warned TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD POHLEMillions of people hoping to cut their hours in the lead-up to retirement face working into their late 70s to achieve the lifestyle enjoyed by previous generations, a report warns. Sir Steve Webb, a former pensions minister, said that the dream of a flexible retirement where people gradually go part-time before giving up work entirely could turn out to be a “mirage” if they only contribute minimum amounts into their workplace pension. Sir Steve, director of policy at Royal London, said an average worker wanting a “gold standard” retirement, where their pension income equates to two thirds of pre-retirement levels, may have to work to 79 before they can afford to retire fully if they are aiming to reduce their working hours gradually. The forecast…

February 27, 2017 00:04 UTC



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